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Byline: with DIARMUID GAVIN

Hi, Diarmuid I have found what I think are wild orchids growing in the middle of grass. I don't know how they got there. Can you tell me how to look after them?

Mrs J Williamson, by email

Hi, Mrs Williamson

Yes, that's a wild orchid called Ophrys apifera, otherwise known as the bee orchid. Its lower lip is marked like a bee to attract pollinators. However this one is self-pollinating so all you have to do is... nothing! It's happy where it is and arrived via seed. It will die down in winter but should return in spring. What a wonderful plant to find!

Best wishes, Diarmuid

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 19, 2014
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